CSCC Plans Virtual Reconnect Sessions

CSCC Plans Virtual Reconnect Sessions

Holly Vincent
Sunday, March 21, 2021 12:00 AM

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Are you overwhelmed with planning for your future? Interested in learning more about our community’s workforce and adult-focused degree options? Cleveland State Community College will be hosting a virtual Reconnect Information Session on Tuesday, March 23 at 12 and 6 p.m. An additional virtual session will be held on Tuesday, April 27 at the same times.

“Cleveland State wants to provide hope and options for adults in our community who have always wanted a college degree in a workforce-ready field,” stated Cate Green, Director of Admissions, Recruitment and High School Programs. “Virtual sessions provide a unique opportunity to increase our reach into our service county area, while still maintaining a personal face-to-face interaction.”

Green continued, “We look forward to continued service of Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk county residents by highlighting the many options Cleveland State offers at our three locations in Cleveland, Athens, and Vonore.”

During the information session, attendees can learn more about the Tennessee Reconnect Scholarship that covers eligible adults’ tuition to all programs at CSCC and other affordable educational opportunities, such as the Pell Grant and the college’s institutional scholarships.

Tennessee Reconnect is a scholarship for adults to earn an associate degree or technical certificate, tuition-free. To be eligible for the Tennessee Reconnect Scholarship, you must:
            ●          Not already have an associate or bachelor’s degree
            ●          Have been a Tennessee resident for at least one year
            ●          Be determined as an independent student on the FAFSA

In addition to learning about Tennessee Reconnect, representatives will be on hand from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Support Services and the adult-focused Advance Business degree option.

The Advance Business Program is the college’s accelerated program that offers students a quick and convenient way to obtain a college degree. This option is suitable for highly motivated and mature adults that are seeking an A.A.S. in Business. Many business students obtain their A.A.S. in 15-18 months at Cleveland State and if they choose to transfer, a bachelor’s degree in two additional years at a selected four-year college or university.

“I can’t emphasize enough to anybody who’s been impacted by these economic hard times due to COVID-19, to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity,” stated Natalia Williams, Adult Student Services Coordinator. “When we say ‘free college,’ Tennessee Reconnect is the centerpiece of that initiative. Tennessee Reconnect is not just for low-income students, it's open to everyone who is eligible. So, if adults are interested in starting for the first time or finishing that degree they never had a chance to complete because of financial reasons, they can attend any one of our Tennessee Reconnect virtual information sessions to find out about eligibility requirements and actually see what Cleveland State has to offer.”

For more information or to RSVP for the virtual Reconnect Information Session, please fill out the form found at For more information on Cleveland State Community College, visit the website at or email If you are interested in applying, visit Students are currently enrolled online and on-campus through the CSCC main campus in Cleveland, Tennessee, as well as CSCC’s Athens Center in Athens, Tennessee and Monroe County Center in Vonore, Tennessee.

CSCC earned the Tennessee Board of Regent’s 2019 College of The Year. CSCC directly serves Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk Counties in Tennessee. The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving more than 140,000 students.


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